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VRA2014 Collaboration in archives and special collections, Cunningham

  1. 1. Accidental Controlled Vocabulary Development: Metadata for Specialized Circus Imagery Jim Cunningham Milner Library Illinois State University Session 10: Case Studies in Collaboration within Archival and Special Collection Environments @ VRA 32 March 15, 2014
  2. 2. Which Comes First?  The reality of the project  Existing controlled vocabularies  Concurrent creation of collection and vocabulary
  3. 3. How to Do It (Or At Least How I Did It)  Gain subject expertise ASAP  Exploit enthusiasts ruthlessly  Learn about how your users will act  Don’t reinvent the wheel if it’s not necessary
  4. 4. Implementation: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back  Start small then evaluate  Professional evaluation  User evaluation  Big and small revisions
  5. 5. Braathen Slide Project  10,000+ images with varying degrees of metadata  Circus history community  Circus World Museum controlled vocabulary
  6. 6. Sample Slides  http://tempest.lib.ilstu.edu/u?/circus,1149  http://tempest.lib.ilstu.edu/u?/circus,438  http://tempest.lib.ilstu.edu/u?/circus,2288  http://tempest.lib.ilstu.edu/u?/circus,3170  http://tempest.lib.ilstu.edu/u?/circus,2604  http://tempest.lib.ilstu.edu/u?/circus,88

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